Ch 2: Individual Theories of Delinquency

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Individual Theories of Delinquency - Chapter Summary

Explore this juvenile delinquency chapter to learn more about individual theories of delinquency. Containing short and informative lessons, this chapter breaks down several theories, including the rational choice theory of criminology, psychodynamics theory, cognitive crime theories and much more. The chapter comes with self-assessment quizzes to help you strengthen your knowledge, and it's easy to submit questions to our instructors if you need any extra help understanding these theories. You can revisit lessons as many times as needed, and we've made the chapter available 24/7 so you can study at any time that fits your schedule. Upon completion of this chapter, you should be equipped to:

  • Explain the rational choice theory of criminology
  • Recognize the features of biological and cognitive crime theories
  • Evaluate assumptions and weaknesses related to psychological theories of crime
  • Define psychodynamics theory
  • Compare general and specific deterrence

7 Lessons in Chapter 2: Individual Theories of Delinquency
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The Rational Choice Theory of Criminology

1. The Rational Choice Theory of Criminology

Many people weigh pros and cons when they have to make a big decision. But is the same true for people trying to decide whether to commit a crime? Watch this lesson for more on the rational choice theory of crime and hedonistic calculus.

Biological Theories of Crime: Overview & Features

2. Biological Theories of Crime: Overview & Features

Why do some people commit crimes, while others obey the law their whole lives? In this lesson, we'll examine one theory, the biological theory of criminology, including evidence supporting it and some of the shortcomings of the theory.

Psychological Theories of Crime: Assumptions & Weaknesses

3. Psychological Theories of Crime: Assumptions & Weaknesses

What makes you or me different from a criminal offender? Watch this lesson to find out more about the psychology behind crime, including the four basic aspects of psychological theories of crime and some common criticisms of them.

Psychodynamics: Definition & Theory

4. Psychodynamics: Definition & Theory

Psychodynamics has been a popular set of theories in psychology since emerging from Europe in the 19th century. Through this lesson, you'll learn how to define psychodynamics and explore some of the more prominent theories that comprise the psychodynamic approach to psychology.

Cognitive Theories of Crime: Overview & Features

5. Cognitive Theories of Crime: Overview & Features

In this lesson, you'll learn about cognitive theories as they relate to criminal behavior. You'll first learn what these theories are and as the lesson progresses, how they help us better understand criminal behavior.

What Is General Deterrence? - Definition, Theory & Examples

6. What Is General Deterrence? - Definition, Theory & Examples

Learn what constitutes general deterrence and examine the theory behind this legal term. Analyze different examples so you can gain insight on why some lawmakers use deterrence methods.

Specific Deterrence: Definition & Examples

7. Specific Deterrence: Definition & Examples

Specific deterrence is a method of punishment in the criminal justice system intended to discourage criminal behavior in the specific individual charged with the crime. In this lesson, you will be introduced to this concept.

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